GNU Compiler Collection

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GNU Compiler Collection
Developer(s)GNU Project
Initial releaseMay 23, 1987; 36 years ago (1987-05-23)[1]
Stable release
13.2[2] Edit this on Wikidata / 27 July 2023; 7 months ago (27 July 2023)
Written inC with some parts written in C++
Operating systemCross-platform
LicenseGPLv3+ with GCC Runtime Library Exception[3]

The GNU Compiler Collection (also known as GCC) is a free software compiler written as part of the GNU project. It originally only compiled C code into machine language, however, now many frontends have been created to allow it to compile other languages.[4][5]

As well as being the compiler for GNU, it is used by many other projects, most notably many Linux-based operating systems.

Languages[change | change source]

GCC supports compiling the following programming languages:[6]

  • C (using the original gcc frontend.)
  • C++ (g++ frontend)
  • Objective-C
  • Objective-C++
  • Fortran
  • Ada
  • Go (gccgo frontend)

References[change | change source]

  1. "GCC Releases". GNU Project. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  2. Richard Biener (27 July 2023). "GCC 13.2 Released". Retrieved 27 July 2023.
  3. "GCC Runtime Library Exception". Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  4. "GCC Development Mission Statement". Free Software Foundation, Inc. 1999-04-22. Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  5. "History - GCC Wiki". Retrieved 2021-01-03.
  6. "GCC Front Ends". Free Software Foundation, Inc. 2020-09-20. Retrieved 2020-01-03.